R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S

Regional potpourri

  • Thirst to serve

  • Martyr and his message


Two youths released:
Pakistani Rangers handed over two youths to the BSF at the Wagah Joint check post here on Saturday evening. According to BSF sources, the youths, Altaf Hussain (25) and Iqbal Qasim (24), both residents of Jammu, had gone to Pakistan on April 17,2006, on the Samjauta Express for meeting their relatives in Lahore. They were arrested by Pakistani security agencies for illegally staying with their relatives as their visa had expired and were lodged in Kot Lakhpat Jail.

Yoga camp ends: The five-day long yoga camp organised by the local ptanjali yoga samiti concluded at Gandhi Arya Senior Secondary School on Sunday. Yoga instructor H.Kumar Kaul and samiti’s chief Madhu Gupta said more than 50 persons took part in the camp.

Woman ends life:
A woman, Asha Rani, reportedly committed suicide by setting herself on fire after sprinkling kerosene on her clothes at nearby Bhagana village, here. She was immediately brought to Phagwara civil hospital, but could not be saved. Mental stress is said to be the reason behind her suicide, police said. The body of the deceased was handed over to the family members after the postmortem.

Cricket match: The students of Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, organised a cricket match between the students of SS-I and SS-II. The girls displayed their talent and put up a brilliant performance. The SS-II team won the match.

Road to be widened:
PWD B and R minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa announced on Saturday that Rs 200 cr project had been sanctioned for the Malerkotla-Ludhiana road. Talking to journalists at Sunam, Dhindsa said the Sangrur-Sunam road would also be widened by 33 feet. Besides this, the Dhanaula-Bhikhi and Barnala-Mansa roads would also be widened. Dhindsa also distributed cheques for Rs 83 lakh for various developmental works among panchayats of 35 villages of his Assembly constituency.



ELECTED: Following have been elected office-bearers of the managing committee of the Super Cooperative House Building First Society Limited, Sector 49-C: Gopal Singh - president, Charanjit Singh - vice-president, Jasmer Singh - secretary, Dinesh Kumar - treasurer. Meanwhile, Gurcharan Singh has been authorised to sign cheques on behalf of the society.

OFFICE-BEARERS: Following have been elected office-bearers of the Kasmiri Sahayak Sabha, Sector 24-C: Tej K. - president, R.K. Dalal and Raj Karni Bradoo - vice-presidents, Santoo Pandita - general secretary, Kuldeep Kaul - finance secretary, Reeta Pandita - social secretary, R.K. Bhatt - joint secretary.

FUNCTION: A number of bhajans were recited by prominent singers who had come from different parts of the country to take part in the ninth annual function of Prabhu Khatu Shyam celebrated at Shri Prachin Hanuman Mandir, Sector 32, Chandigarh, today. The temple was decorated tastefully and darbar was brought from Delhi. A bhandara and a blood-donation camp were also organised. Over 300 units of blood were collected at the camp.

APPOINTED: Dr A.P. Sanwaria, a senior member of the Indian Medical Association, Chandigarh, and a Central Working Committee member has been elected chairman of the IMA Standing Committee for Occupational Health. The committee, with tenure of three years, will advise the Government of India on various levels.

FELLOWSHIP: Dr Gaurav Singla, consultant orthopaedics and joint replacement surgeon of Indus Multi-speciality Hospital, Mohali, has been awarded with a fellowship for training in revision arthoplasty to be held in June at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada. Dr Gaurav has specialised in hip and knee joints replacements surgeries and trauma with experience of over 500 cases.

ELECTED: Following have been elected office-bearers of the All-India NCC Defence Civilian Employees Association: president - S. Sampath; vice-president - Karam Singh; general secretary - P.H. Tiwari; additional general secretary - P.K. Pamda; joint secretary - Kirpal Singh; treasurer - S.S. Sukhla and zonal secretaries - B.K. Biswas, M.K. Dwivedi, Sudha J. Paradkar, Wazir Singh, Kala Kumar; coordinator - Achintya Pal and media incharge - Rakesh Kumar Tiwari.



Woman granted bail
: A local court on Saturday granted bail to Pema Tashee, a Tibetan woman, who along with two others Tinley and Dorje Tseten was arrested while trying to obtain a refugee registration certificate from the district police headquarters on fake and forged documents last week. However, the other two, Tinley and Dorje Tseten, have been sent to judicial remand for 14 days in the local jail.

3 held with charas:
Three persons from Haryana were arrested with 2.8 kg charas near Chiladhar in Banjar subdivision of the district on Friday. The trio, Jai Pal, Duni Chand and Ved Singh, all from Bana village in district Kaithal of Haryana, were arrested following a tip-off. SP G. D. Bhargava said the accused might be having links with the drug mafia active in Haryana. A case has been registered.

Local poets ignored
: A ‘hasya kavi sammelan was held in Sundernagar on Thursday evening to celebrate 150 years of the first War of Independence in which no local poet was invited. President of the HP Progressive Writers’ Association (HP PWA) Dinu Kashyap said, “The organisers could have included some local poets and themes to make sammelan a befitting tribute to ‘war heroes’. Chief guest Prem Sharma, who is the director of art, language and culture, said it was a “national-level show”, jointly organised by the state, NZCC and the Urdu academy, Haryana, and only five top poets, who were state awardees, were included from Himachal.

Cong victory hailed
: Spokesman of Sirmaur Congress Committee Aninder Singh Nauty on Saturday claimed that results of the Shimla MC elections were a clear cut indication that people of the state had rejected the BJP. He claimed the ‘karishma of Virbhadra Singh’ was working and the people were united on the issue of development. He claimed that Congress would have upper hand and will form government again in the forthcoming Assembly election in 2008.

Resentment against tax form:
The Taxation Bar Association, Palampur, yesterday attacked the Ministry of Finance and Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) for introducing complicated income tax return (ITR) forms for individuals, salaried and other taxpayers. Secretary of the Bar association R.K. Sood said on the one side, the Government of India had time and again announced that it would simplify the filing of income tax returns and tax structure in the country, and on the other hand, it has launched a complicated return form. He said the ITR 1 to 5 introduced last week by the CBDT and the Ministry of Finance could not be filled by common taxpayers.

Fire in factory
: A devastating fire that broke out in a carton factory at Nalagarh in Solan district destroyed property worth Rs 30 lakh on Friday night. Fire-engines from Solan and Nalagarh were rushed to Manpura village where the factory is located. It took almost three hours to bring the raging flames under control.




Regional potpourri

Thirst to serve

Sri Kishen Sharma of Hisar (wearing a white turban) looks on as passersby quench their thirst from the water tank he has fitted in his jeep.
WATER WORKS: Sri Kishen Sharma of Hisar (wearing a white turban) looks on as passersby quench their thirst from the water tank he has fitted in his jeep.

"Jal daan, maha kalyan.” Sri Kishen Sharma, a superannuated employee of the Bhartiya Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) at Hisar, has made this age-old saying the motto of his life. As the mercury starts shooting northward, he hits the roads of the town early in the morning to provide ice cool drinking water to passersby.

For this, he has modified his jeep to accommodate a large water tank with taps behind the driver seat. Stainless steel glasses too are available for those who do not wish to cup their hands for a mouthful. He buys ice worth Rs 125 every day to chill the water. Besides, he bears the expense on diesel for all the rounds he takes of the city.

He has painted slogans on the sides of the jeep condemning female foeticide. “I hope those who drink water from my jeep will read the slogans and join my crusade against the social evil,” he says.

He has been honoured by several local organisations. The Haryana Governor has also felicitated him with a shawl and a cash award of Rs 10,000. So strong is his commitment to quenching parched throats that he has also placed matkas at several important crossings all over Hisar. He replenishes these matkas himself several times a day.

Martyr and his message

Inderjeet Singh Chitarkar with a portrait of Shaheed Bhagat Singh that he has made.
United colours of Patriotism: Inderjeet Singh Chitarkar with a portrait of Shaheed Bhagat Singh that he has made.

As the nation celebrates the birth centenary of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, a man from Mansa city has taken upon himself the task of spreading the martyr’s message among the youth of the state.

Inderjeet Singh Chitarkar, a cutout specialist-cum-painter, who is a diehard fan of the great martyr, has been distributing Bhagat Singh’s posters and appealing to families in the state to inculcate his ideals among the future generation.

“This is my tribute to Bhagat Singh on his 100th birth anniversary. The people who laid down their lives for their countrymen may not have wanted their anniversaries to be celebrated with pomp and show. Instead, they would have preferred their message of patriotism to be followed in letter and spirit,” feels Inderjeet Singh.

He even shot off letters to the President and Prime Minister of India to release a commemorative currency note bearing Bhagat Singh’s picture during the birth centenary year.

 “I have not received any response so far. I am hopeful that something will be done soon,” he quips.

Carrying on this mission for the past decade, Inderjeet Singh has inspired some families to at least install a bust of the martyr in their homes to propagate his values among their progeny. 

“If we make sure that every household has a bust of the martyr and his values are imparted to children, they will realise the significance of his contribution. This is the only way left to us to remember our martyrs,” he says.

Contributed by Raman Mohan and Jupinderjit Singh


HOME PAGE | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Opinions |
| Business | Sports | World | Mailbag | Chandigarh | Ludhiana | Delhi |
| Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |